I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.
I've got big shoes to fill. This is my chance to do something. I have to seize the moment.
Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.
You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.
The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws.
Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.
The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none.
All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.
The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.
Disunion by force is treason.
The great constitutional corrective in the hands of the people against usurpation of power, or corruption by their agents is the right of suffrage; and this when used with calmness and deliberation will prove strong enough.
No one need think that the world can be ruled without blood. The civil sword shall and must be red and bloody.
I have always been afraid of banks.
Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.
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